Crestone Travel & Lodging
Information for your travels

Crestone is a beautiful spiritual community in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado. It is also famous for its many beautiful hiking trails and alternative buildings.

The closest larger international airports are Denver, CO (DIA) – 218 miles and Albuquerque, NM (ABQ) – 250 miles. The closest regional airport is San Luis Valley Regional Airport in Alamosa, CO (ALS) – 50 miles from Crestone.

Travel Options for Getting to Crestone

For Sharon's retreats, if there are enough requests, a shuttle may be offered to take you from the Denver airport to the retreat location for a small fee.  If you are interested in this, please contact Clear Light Sangha.

If there is no shuttle or all the spots are filled, you may get information about bus service from Denver to Moffat, CO, a town 12 miles from Crestone, by contacting Bustang Buslines. It only leaves 1x/day so please plan your flights to coincide with bus schedules. Please contact Clear Light Sangha for support with transportation especially in getting from the bus stop in Moffat to Crestone.

Please note that there is a flight on Boutique Airlines from Denver airport to nearby Alamosa offered once daily. Alamosa, CO is one hour away from Crestone and should you decide to do this, we will send a car to pick people up for a small fee.
If you are arriving (or living) in the Denver area and want to offer/request a ride to carpool to and from the retreat please contact Clear Light Sangha.

Staying in Crestone

Tips & Recommendations

Around Crestone: Your GPS will probably not work in Crestone – but as people are very friendly you can stop and ask anyone for directions.

Our speed limit is 15-35 miles and we have lot of pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as wildlife crossing the roads, especially near dawn and dusk. Please watch your speed.

Mobile Phone Access

Some cellphones do not work very well. The only one that works with minimal interruptions is Verizon.

High Altitude

The altitude in Crestone is 8000 feet so make sure to drink a lot of water upon arrival – this is the best way to acclimate to the high, desert altitude.

Ammenities and Services

Crestone has 1 organic food store, 1 non-norganic food/grocery store (with some organic options), 1 gas pump, 1 hardware store, 3 restaurants, an art gallery, a post office, one liquor store, a credit union, hairdresser, horse stables and 2 ATM's. Wifi is available in restaurants, and spotty 3G connectivity through Verizon Wireless. A farmer's market is available in the summer on Saturdays.

Bear Encounters

Be aware of not leaving food out or in your car as we have lot's of black bear activity. Because of the drought conditions, they are very hungry and can be very aggressive if they smell your food.

Water Resources and Fire Caution

To support the beautiful aquifer that Crestone rests upon please try to conserve water. Crestone has been in a severe drought the last 5 years so please be very careful with fire. Do not toss lit cigarette butts out the window or into grass/brush. Do not leave your vehicle idling on grass or vegetation, this can also ignite very dry tinder. 


The beautiful North Crestone Campground is located along N. Crestone Creek at $7 per night from Memorial Day to Labor day, and off-season rates are available after Labor Day. 

Joyful Journey Hot Springs and Valley View Hot Springs are a short distance from Crestone.

For local news and information, you can read our local newspaper The Crestone Eagle which is published once a month online or in print. They also post breaking news about wildfire conditions and other local and regional issues.

Individual Retreat Lodging

The following spiritual centers in Crestone, CO, offer rooms or cabins designed for individual retreats. 

Crestone Mountain Zen Center

Nada Hermitage

Chamma Ling

Jennifer’s AirBnB

Spacious Bedroom & Private Bath in Beautiful Home - Enjoy sleeping in the main bedroom which is a spacious 240 sq foot bedroom with high ceilings, bamboo floors, and clay-plastered straw bale walls. The mattress is very comfortable made with natural latex with organic sheets. Private bathroom. 

The Beetch House Retreat Cabin

The Beetch House Retreat Cabin offers you your own private, thoughtfully appointed cabin that has a king and 2 twin beds, futon couch/bed, and a full kitchen.

Enchanted Forest Accommodations

Located 1 mile from the Clear Light house.

Tel. 719.256.5768 

Enchanted Forest Accommodations offers comfortable lodging in a house, a small cottage or queen rooms. 

Casa Alegria

Located 0.6 miles from the Clear Light house.

Tel. 719-256-5116

Comfortable private lodging in a strawbale house.

Crestone Baca Grande Accommodations

Located 2.1 miles from the Clear Light house.

Tel. 719-256-4243

1, 2 & 3 bedroom townhouses with individul bathrooms. Fully furnished kitchens. Close to town and the Dessert Sage restaurant.

The Coll House

Located 2.2 miles from the Clear Light house.

Tel. 719.256.4475

Offers studio apartments and in house rooms.

Crestone Inn

Located 2.5 miles from the Clear Light house.

Tel. 719-256-5788  

1 and 2 bedroom suites with full kitchen in downtown Crestone. 

Rainbow B&B

Located 2 miles from the Clear Light house.

Tel. 719.256.4110

A hexagon shaped house that accomodates up to 10 guests.

Valley View Hot Springs

Tel. 719-256-4315

Natural Hot Springs with camping and lodging available. A 45-min drive from Crestone.

Joyful Journey Hot Springs 

Tel. 719-256-4328

Peaceful spa retreat with lodging. A 35 min drive from Crestone.